From DailyTech: In the consumer sector Windows 7 looks set for success. With fast-paced pre-order sales in the U.S. wrapped up, the OS looks to storm onto desktops and laptops everywhere this fall (October 22, to be precise).
In the business sector, though, the usual reluctance to adopt a new Windows operating system is still in full effect. A study earlier this year showed that 83 percent of business administrators planned not to adopt Windows 7 within the first year of release. Now a new, larger study offers new predictions for Windows 7's fate on the business market.
Conducted by Scriptlogic, the study received responses from approximately 20,000 IT administrators at over 1,000 major companies. The study shows that the numbers have actually improved for Microsoft -- 34 percent of companies plan on adopting Windows 7 by the end of 2010, up from the 17 percent in the previous study, which looked at adoption through the end of October 2010 (a two month difference).
However, there's also the bad for Microsoft -- only 5.4 percent of companies plan to adopt the OS this year. Furthermore, 59.4 percent of the administrators stated that their company had no plans to adopt Windows 7.
The economy is the biggest factor slowing adoption, with 42.7 percent citing time and resources as a reason not to deploy. The next biggest factors are application compatibility (39.1%), OS deployment (8.4%), hardware support (7.5%) and migrating user settings (2.2%).
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